The Switch HDMI Ünnlink 5×1 HDMI 2.0 [email protected] HDCP 2.2 RGB 4:4:4 HDR was acquired on AliExpress, shop Youlian Official Store.
I currently have a total of 13 equipment with HDMI output, many of which have already been shown in reviews here on the Skooter Blog. Check out:
- Chromecast Ultra
- Minix Neo U9-H
- Playstation 4 For
- Blu-Ray Player Sony BDP-S490
- OSSC – Open Source Scan Converter
- Analogue Super Nt
- Analogue Mega Sg
- Framemeister XRGB Mini
- MSI Cubes 2
- Playstation 3
- Nintendo Switch
- MiSTer FPGA
- Sky decoder
Connect all of this equipment to the Receiver Yamaha Aventage RX-A870, with their 8 HDMI inputs (being 7 rear) it is somewhat complicated. Even more so when 8 these 13 equipment are sources from which I take video captures and live streams to our Youtube channel.
In this case, switches HDMI become indispensable. And finding the right switch for each task is not always easy, because they tend to behave in different ways, that are rarely explained in the ads.
My HDMI Switch Vention VAA-S20, for example, has a rare feature in switches HDMI: he is seamless. This means that switching from one entry to another is instant. More than that: means that it is always active receiving the signal from its 3 at the same time entries. This is very relevant to me, because I use a capture device Elgato Game Capture HD60, that is connected to my MSI Cubes 2 and he has no monitor, in other words, I need to start the transmission / capture using the TV itself as a monitor. Give way, I switch between the inputs of the MSI Cubes 2 and a splitter HDMI. The splitter sends the signal from the sources I capture simultaneously to the Switch HDMI Vention and for the capture device Elgato Game Capture HD60. So when I switch between Cubi to monitor the capture and the console I'm playing, there is no interruption in the capture. A switch that is not seamless interrupt and then re-establish the reception of the signal from the splitter, causing it to have to sync again, and that would interrupt the signal even for the Elgato.
Note that not even the Receiver Yamaha Aventage it is seamless. Therefore, in it I directly connect only the sources I do not capture: Chromecast Ultra, Minix Neo U9-H, Playstation 4 For, Blu-Ray Player Sony BDP-S490, and OSSC – Open Source Scan Converter.
Do Playstation 4 For I don't capture it because it's 4K, incompatible with the Elgato Game Capture HD60, but it has its own transmission system, that is enough for me. The OSSC i only use to play, the catches I do from the Framemeister, that receives the same analog signal, thanks to gscartsw_lite.
In the two rear entrances that remain on the Receiver Yamaha I turn on the Sky decoder and the Switch HDMI Vention. Note that Sky's decoder is actually connected to a bi-directional switch, where I can switch between sending your signal to a splitter that distributes it to 3 TVs (points slaves) or the other way, that I use to capture, as described below.
Delivering, the HDMI Switch Vention VAA-S20 receives the signal from a Splitter HDMI from 2 outputs, the other exit going to the Elgato. How are 8 captureable sources, I need one switch to toggle which signal arrives at Splitter. That's where my old man comes in Switch HDMI LINK-MI LM-SW04. He has 5 entries and automatically switches to the one that is active, so that using one source at a time I don't need the remote. Actually, I don't even need to remember that it exists.
But 8 captureable sources and only 5 inputs, the Switch HDMI LINK-MI LM-SW04 needed help, and that's when the search for a new one begins switch.
Choice of Switch HDMI Ünnlink 5×1
The options for switches HDMI are many, but it is not easy to choose without testing, because they have behaviors that are often different from what we expect. I ended up choosing the Switch HDMI Ünnlink because the ads indicate that it automatically switches to the active signal and because it is supposed to work with HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2. These are resources I don't need now, pea Elgato Game Capture HD60 only captures signals that are at most Full HD. But in the future they can be useful.
Note that there are also Ünnlink Switch models with 3 and 7 inputs, but the model of 7 inputs Do not do automatic switching to the active signal. So I disregarded it and chose the version with 5 doors.
Unboxing and Testing Switch HDMI Ünnlink 5×1
The Switch HDMI Ünnlink 5×1 came in a brand box, inside an envelope with bubble wrap, which also bears the brand, that until then I didn't know. In the box comes the switch, remote control, Power out, remote control receiver extension cable, and instruction manual.
The extension cable of the remote control receiver is for those who want to leave the switch hidden behind the TV or other equipment, and still be able to use the remote control. It is not my case. I don't even intend to use the remote.
Note that the equipment also does not come with a power supply. I'm using source I received from Fosmon, which has two USB ports and also powers my HDMI Switch Vention VAA-S20, which also came without a source. Note that you can also use some USB port on the TV itself, but I chose to leave them free to use to charge my controllers.
All HDMI inputs are on the rear, as well as the remote control cable entry, with the HDMI output on the left side, and the source entrance on the right side. I preferred all connections at the rear, but it is reasonable like that. At least there are no connections on the front, where only the LEDs indicate which port is selected, the button to change the ports, and the infrared receiver.
Remote control is simple, with an on / off button, a button to switch between entries, plus five buttons that allow you to select an entry directly.
In my first tests, the Nintendo Switch in the first entry it presented some flaws. I switched it in and it didn't happen anymore. No other source failed after that. It may have been something punctual, or it may have been an incompatibility even. But at least it hasn't happened to any other source.
Check out the photos and the video of the unboxing and testing of the Switch HDMI Ünnlink 5×1:
I soon noticed a difference in behavior between the Switch HDMI LINK-MI LM-SW04 and the Switch HDMI Ünnlink 5×1. When a single source is active, both automatically switch to that source. But there is a difference in the way they behave when one source is already active and another is connected.
In the case of LINK-MI, he is faithful to the source that was linked first, and stays on it until it is turned off. Then it switches to the other active source. In the case of Ünnlink, it works with a priority system, where lower doors are preferred. So, let's say there is a signal only at the door 3. If a signal appears on the door 5, he remains in 3. But if a sign appears on the door 1, he switches to her. However, if we manually select a higher port, it remains on it until its signal is turned off or a new signal appears on a lower port, in other words, it ignores an existing signal on a lower door when we do the manual selection. The change only occurs when a new signal appears.
My connections to Switch HDMI Ünnlink 5×1
Based on the behavior of both switches I defined how my connections would look. The idea was that the Ünnlink replace the LINK-MI, and that the output of LINK-MI started to connect to one of the inputs of the Ünnlink, so that two switches from 5 doors, I would make a mega-switch of 9 doors. So far everything perfect.
I typically only turn on one console at a time, and how both switches are automatic, I could connect them anyway, because they would only activate the input of the connected console, that is sending signal. But there are two exceptions here: the LINK-MI is always sending signal, even though your entries are all inactive; and the bi-directional switch that comes from Sky's decoder is also always with active signal, even when the active output is the other and the decoder is off.
The solution I created was as follows: Playstation 3, Nintendo Switch, and MiSTer FPGA were connected to 3 first entries of the Ünnlink. As I only turn on the console I'm going to play, they are always selected automatically.
On the fourth door of the Ünnlink I connected the LINK-MI. On LINK-MI I connected Analogue Super Nt, Analogue Mega Sg, and Framemeister XRGB Mini. Then, when Playstation 3, Nintendo Switch, and MiSTer FPGA are turned off, the Ünnlink will automatically select the signal from the LINK-MI, always active. The LINK-MI, by sua time, automatically selects the signal from the 3 devices connected to it, I also only call one at a time.
Por fim, in the fifth entry of Ünnlink I connected the bi-directional switch that comes from the Sky decoder. This is the only entry I need to select manually, since the fourth, where LINK-MI is always active, has priority. But okay, because this type of recording is an exception and I use it little. Note that once an entry is selected, the Ünnlink remains on it even in the presence of another signal on a lower door. It only activates the priority if a new signal appears on a lower port, or if the current port has no signal.
I didn't even know about this priority issue when I acquired the Ünnlink, but this came in handy, because MiSTer FPGA, for example, often turns the signal off and on again when we change core, because I use the option to have the actual refresh rate of the console, avoiding the latency of a framebuffer. Consoles as Analogue Super Nt and Analogue Mega Sg also interrupt the signal when they are turned off to change the cartridge. Without the priority scheme, the switch would be jumping to the signal that remained active on those occasions.
It is for these and others that I think buying HDMI switch is complicated. These peculiarities of their behavior are rarely described in the ads.
And so was the diagram of audio and video connections of my TV room after adding the Switch HDMI Ünnlink 5×1:
The diagram makes it much easier to understand. If you still found it complicated, imagine it all there with their respective power supplies, Ethernet cables, antenna cables, etc. Yeah…
These are the package tracking information obtained from the AliExpress website:
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This is the table-summary of purchase:
|Product Name:||Switch HDMI Ünnlink 5×1 HDMI 2.0 [email protected] HDCP 2.2 RGB 4:4:4 HDR|
|Name Original:||Unnlink HDMI Switch 5×1 HDMI 2.0 [email protected] RGB4:4:4 HDCP 2.2 HDR 5 In 1 Out for smart tv mi box3 ps4pro xbox one x/s projector|
|Store:||AliExpress | Store: Youlian Official Store|
|Current value:||R$ 114,98|
|Payment Method:||Credit Card Visa International|
|Shipping Type:||Aliexpress Standard Shipping|
|Shipping Fee:||R$ 18,42|
|Package Home Country:||China|
|Time in Transit:||49 days|
|Declared content:||Audio & Video Cables|
|Type Marked Content:||Others|
|Declared Value:||USD $5.0|
I was pleased with the Switch HDMI Ünnlink 5×1 HDMI 2.0 [email protected] HDCP 2.2 RGB 4:4:4 HDR. He's fulfilling his role and my equipment is now all connected and selectable the way I imagined.
The Switch HDMI Ünnlink it even has some peculiarities that I didn't know when I bought it, like the door priority system, that came in handy in my connections. I just can't comment on whether it actually supports HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2, HDR, etc. because I haven't tested these features, which I don't need for now.
The price of the equipment is very nice for a switch of 5 doors, with automatic selection, remote control, extensor. They only owed a power supply in the box.